Parents: Why the Tendency to Blame Vs. Giving the Benefit of the Doubt Matters

Some people tend to give others the benefit of the doubt, while other people tend to assign blame and assume bad intent. Which style has more positive relationships and overall happiness?

Pandemic Parenting Daily Checklist

We are in week five of social distancing and home quarantine due to the COVID 19 pandemic. My family has fallen into a regular routine, and each day seems to blend with the next. I’ve noticed a few things that help to make our days more positive…

Social/Emotional Kids Activities (FREE)

Social/Emotional activities and experiences help kids develop skills to better understand their world and connect with others. These downloadable activities open the door for conversations about emotions, conflict resolution, self-care as well as friendship.

Six Tips to Create Family Routines and Calm in Uncertain Times

Daily routines and structure help kids feel calm and safe. But when schools are closed, your job is in flux and fear is widespread, how can parents create structure at home? In these uncertain times, maintaining routines, family connection and calm is more important than ever…

The Power of Appreciation (The Surprising Effect of My Valentine’s Texts)

This year, I decided to do something different for Valentine’s Day. Instead of the usual box of chocolates or small gifts for my daughters (ages 11 and 13) and husband, I sent them each a daily text for the two weeks leading up to February 14…

The Power of Our Words (and The Ugly Truth About Harsh Words)

Words have the power to help or hurt, build up or tear down, and perpetuate gossip or stop it. This article shares the ugly truth behind harsh words.

Parenting Tips: Instead of Fixing Things for Your Kids or Giving Advice…

Do you ever offer your kids unsolicited advice or jump right in to help them solve their problems? Yeah, me too. Breaking the habit of trying to fix things for your kid is hard, but important…

The Surprising Reasons Middle School Students Start Dating

Over the past year, I’ve been talking with tweens and teens to gather research for my next book, which explores the weird stuff that happens in middle school. I’m amazed by the honesty of students and their understanding of the underlying reasons driving social behaviors. (such as cliques, gossip, chasing popularity, etc.)…